Per week after a school taking pictures critically injured one pupil at a Ok-8 school, Shelby County officers on Wednesday debated directing extra assets into early childhood education, with one decision targeted violence prevention measures.
Members of the education committee of the Shelby County Commission advisable approval of a $500,000 contract with Porter-Leath, a historic Memphis Head Start and preschool supplier.
Porter-Leath beforehand served greater than 3,000 at-risk Shelby County youngsters for greater than seven years, however in June, unsuccessful contract negotiations ended their relationship with the school district.
Families nonetheless had the choice of sending their youngsters in the event that they paid full tuition or certified for the Tennessee Department of Human Services Child Care Certificate Program, a backed child-care program — choices not accessible for all households.
But the Shelby County Mayor’s Office expressed a want to resume the contract by way of June 30, 2022 and committee members on Wednesday voted in favor of a $500,000 contract. The contract will now go earlier than the total Shelby County Commission.
Committee members additionally mentioned an add-on decision encouraging the Shelby County Board of Education to require colleges to supply battle decision programs as a technique of decreasing violence in major and secondary colleges.
On Sept. 30, a 13-year-old pupil shot one other pupil at Cummings Ok-8 Optional School, leaving the scholar in vital situation.
“In our minds, we believed that would never happen in an elementary school. Well, case in point, Cummings, and it did,” mentioned Commissioner Eddie Jones. “That’s very scary for elementary kids to have to endure something of that caliber.”
School board member Stephanie Love instructed commissioners that colleges at the moment have social-emotional studying in place instructing employees members on offering extra assist for youngsters. Unfortunately, youngsters are coming to school with points occurring outdoors of school, Love mentioned.
“In closing, I agree that we can always do more. I agree that we can always get better, and when I say we, I mean collectively, because a lot of our students are coming to school with issues that are taking place in our communities,” mentioned Love.